It is always dangerous to mix a whole lot of truth with a profound lie.
Have you ever eaten something delicious lets say, a perfect omelet and all of a sudden there is a “crunch” (hidden piece of eggshell)? That moment quickly goes from deeply satisfying to “gross”.
Watching Eat Pray Love was a similar experience on a spiritual level. Exotic locations, some insightful tidbits of truth and an excellent actress – Julia Roberts all wrapped up in one big hideous lie.
I often told my children when they were young that the best of all lies that our culture feeds us will have many wonderful truths with one poisonous ingredient in the middle of it all. I once baked brownies as a lesson for my small group with the instructions that no one was to taste them till the end of the lesson and hoped they would all listen. Because though I placed delicious and wonderful ingredients in the brownie mix, I also told them that I added 1 TBS of dog crap at the end. No worries they would barely taste it. I laughed to find one boy chocking and wanting to throw up since he ate one behind my back. No I didn’t really add it, but it was a valuable lesson.
We should be hesitant to add things to our theology that can contaminate our understanding of God as He has chosen to reveal Himself through His Word. But on the other hand, I’m not interested in becoming like the Amish and going to hide from the culture or our society.
Just know the truth.
Jesus is the Only Way, Truth and Light.
We don’t break things to find brokenness.
We don’t follow our lusts to fulfillment.
We don’t surrender to our desires; we surrender to Christ’s rule.
If you want to EAT – Eat His Word
If you want to Pray – Pray God changes your heart and do the work of surrendering to His ways.
If you want to Love – then let’s practice loves true definition found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Go watch the movie - enjoy the omelet and spit out the shells.